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  • 1

    Interview: Nov 21st, 1998

    Robert Jordan

    He really hopes to get the next volume out faster.

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  • 2

    Interview: 2010

    HBFFerreira (20 July 2010)

    The Gathering Storm: Rand's dark aura was an effect of channeling the True Power, right? Winter's Heart prologue: didn't Taim cast a similar aura?

    Brandon Sanderson (21 July 2010)

    You're the first to notice that that I've seen.

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  • 3

    Interview: Oct 19th, 1998

    John Simms from Riverside

    Any idea about a title for book 9?

    Robert Jordan

    No. I have to do a little writing before the title becomes clear to me. I don't start off with a title. That always comes to me at some point during the writing. Something that seems to fit the specific book.

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  • 4

    Interview: Nov 21st, 1998

    Robert Jordan

    There was the usual mention of how many books. I heard three or so but then he said something else which I missed. It seemed to create a bit of buzz but I have no idea what it was.

    He said he had no idea what the title of the next book was yet. Once again I did not hear the rest of what he said. I think though he said that once the title was firmly established he will let us know. Which is what he did with The Path of Daggers.

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  • 5

    Interview: Aug 27th, 1999

    Robert Jordan

    He said he hoped to finish book 9 by May 2000, and that his optimum book length was 600-700 pages hardcover.

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  • 6

    Interview: Aug 30th, 1999

    Question

    Do you know what the title of your next book is?

    Robert Jordan

    No, I won't until probably I'm close to the end. Sometimes it is the last bit of the book, something I've written in the last bit of the book. And a couple of times... A Crown of Swords. As soon as I knew I was able to put the Laurel Crown, Rand assuming the Laurel Crown in that book, I knew that that book was going to be called A Crown of Swords. But most of the time I'm at least halfway through it.

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  • 7

    Interview: Sep 21st, 1999

    Joel Gilmore

    Ok, I went to see RJ again yesterday, and I was able to ask a couple more things.

    Robert Jordan

    Firstly, Robert Jordan says the next book should (yeah, right) be finished May 2000, and published two months after that!!! So not long to go!

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  • 8

    Interview: Mar, 2000

    Question

    When are you hoping to have Book Nine released (do you have a title and is it possible to know what it is)? Is it also possible to give us a teaser to what the next book will be about?

    Robert Jordan

    The next book will be called Winter's Heart. The good lord willing and the creek don’t rise, I expect to finish the writing by the end of May 2000, and my American and British publishers are planning to put it out in November 2000. As for teasers, read and find out. Though I expect Tor Books will post the prologue on their website, as they have done for the last few volumes.

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  • 9

    Interview: Nov 10th, 2000

    Brandon Downey

    Another guy behind me asked if he felt he was giving the books the level of detail he wanted (and RJ said yes), then he asked about the one sentence Lan/Toram fight.

    Robert Jordan

    RJ said that he had tried writing that scene several ways, but none of the split POVs (and have we even had a Lan POV, outside of New Spring?) seemed to work out. I chimed in, "Yeah, and Lan is enough of a badass to ice some punk in one sentence", and RJ said, "Yes, Lan is very, very good at what he does."

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  • 10

    Interview: Nov 10th, 2000

    Question

    Why was the glossary so short?

    Robert Jordan

    Normally he solicits opinion from people what should be in there, but he ran out of time this book. He would have liked it to have been more fleshed out.

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  • 11

    Interview: Nov 10th, 2000

    Question

    There were a lot of fans upset at your decision to sell the Prologue to S&S as an ebook, and there were other people upset at your "special introduction", thinking that you were mocking your fans. What was your intent/how did this come about?

    Robert Jordan

    People who got upset about the "special introduction" need to "take a break and get a milkshake." The introduction was definitely about mocking ebooks and how it really did feel like selling your soul. S&S came to him and begged for something—anything—to sell from Winter's Heart as an ebook. He didn't go to them at all.

    Question

    Do you think you'll ever put the books out in electronic format?

    Robert Jordan

    When there's a reader that he can "drop in the water, dry with a hair dryer, and then read" he'll move over to ebooks. He's also waiting for the industry to hash out its standards. He expects that to take another 5 years or so.

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  • 12

    Interview: Nov 11th, 2000

    Cathy from Bigfork, Montana

    From the Message to the Reader at the beginning of "Snow", you seemed to have mixed feelings about the e-book format. Being from a rural area, with few bookstores, I love it. How do you feel about this new format as an author and part of the publishing industry?

    Robert Jordan

    I feel that it's a very new format, and that we have at present no idea whatsoever in what direction it is going to develop, or how widely it will be accepted. At the moment, relatively few people buy ebooks, unless they are by Stephen King, say, or if they are self-help or business. Even then, the numbers are not very big as compared to actual books on paper.

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  • 13

    Interview: Nov 11th, 2000

    Brandon Fincher from Abilene, TX

    Mr. Jordan—What rough percentage is devoted to Mat and Perrin in this book? I must admit I was disappointed Mat wasn't in The Path of Daggers more.

    Robert Jordan

    In The Path of Daggers, you have to remember that Mat had a building fall on top of him. I personally don't think that Mat lying around in a bed with bandages and splints is very entertaining, and it certainly wouldn't have done anything to advance the story. Mat does have an encounter with pink ribbons that some of you might find amusing in this book.

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  • 14

    Interview: Nov 11th, 2000

    Jeremy from Long Island NY

    For any of the mysteries, i.e. Moridin's identity and Asmodean's death, would you tell us where to look for clues we probably missed? Or just mention some clues that we all probably didn't see?

    Robert Jordan

    (laughs) Well, Moridin's identity is pretty much an open secret—and especially if you read Winter's Heart, I think it's increasingly clear who he is, if there was any doubt. As for the other—read and find out!

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  • 15

    Interview: Nov 11th, 2000

    Kelly van der Laan from The Netherlands

    Man, I'm so lucky I couldn't sleep! (It's 1 am here) RJ, I loved Winter's Heart and especially the last chapter! Could you please put some more of the Forsaken POV's in the next book, most of all Cyndane and Graendal? I love those two!

    Robert Jordan

    Well, it's possible—but how have you read Winter's Heart already? It doesn't go on sale until tomorrow! If it's been sold anywhere, it's a shock to me!

    Footnote

    There are always some copies that hit the shelves too early somewhere, and it's more common in European countries and at independent bookstores in the US where the US publishers have less influence.

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  • 16

    Interview: Nov 11th, 2000

    Bela the Horse from Tel'aran'rhiod

    What was the "extra bit" in The Path of Daggers? Was it the kiss or the bonding? Please help settle this long-standing dispute.

    Robert Jordan

    The kiss is necessary, because that's how they learned to do it, because that's how the fellow that developed it did it. The extra bit is something in the bonding, and you'll find out what in Winter's Heart. You should have gotten a clue, I think, in the scene where the bonding took place.

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  • 17

    Interview: Nov 11th, 2000

    Laure from Montreal, QC

    You said earlier that Mat would get 'stuck' with someone and you mentioned Pink Ribbons. Eighteenth century condoms were attached with such ribbons...is it linked?

    Robert Jordan

    No.

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  • 18

    Interview: Nov 14th, 2000

    SciFi.com Chat (Verbatim)

    Mormegil

    In Winter's Heart, Lews Therin says, "We are not builders, not you, or I, or the other one." Now I know if I ask who the other one is, I know I'll just get a RAFO, but should we be able to figure out who the 'other one' is?

    Robert Jordan

    You should have some hints. Follow your hunches.

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  • 19

    Interview: Nov 14th, 2000

    SciFi.com Chat (Verbatim)

    Jahar

    Mr Jordan. I was a bit disappointed in Winter's Heart. The last chapter in The Path of Daggers has the Salidar Aes Sedai stepping through a gateway in eyesight of Dragonmount. In Winter's Heart, you have them still in Murandy. Did they get too cold to stay??

    Robert Jordan

    No. Winter's Heart overlaps the ending of the last book.

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  • 20

    Interview: Nov 14th, 2000

    SciFi.com Chat (Verbatim)

    Nevik

    Can you give some more details on how the taint was cleansed? I was sort of confused reading the book.

    Robert Jordan

    Sorry...I can't.

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  • 21

    Interview: Nov 28th, 2000

    Robert Jordan

    He talked about where the book was at this week and said that this was the first time he went #1 on the USA Today book selling list.

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  • 22

    Interview: Nov 29th, 2000

    Robert Jordan

    Many people asked him about the 'pink ribbons' and he laughed. Said that throughout all of the book signings, only the guys asked him about that. Said that some women have written him but none asked him at the public signings. He said he guessed women didn't need to know, that they already knew.

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  • 23

    Interview: Dec, 2000

    Orbit Interview (Verbatim)

    Orbit

    Could you give us a little teaser of what is in store in Winter's Heart?

    Robert Jordan

    Nope. As they say on the Net, RAFO. That's 'Read And Find Out'.

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  • 24

    Interview: Apr 5th, 2001

    Question

    How many times does Jordan rewrite each chapter?

    Robert Jordan

    As many times as needed. Each time he makes a major change, he saves the file with a new revision number. For Winter's Heart, the prologue had 97 revisions. This was by far the largest amount, most chapters only have nine or ten revisions.

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  • 25

    Interview: Apr 5th, 2001

    Aan'allein

    When Damer Flinn and Sarene and Corele attacked Demandred, how far away were they? In yards, meters, ...?

    Robert Jordan

    Ah...no, they were eh... [long silence while he's thinking] no, no, no...Damer Flinn and Corele eh... no, no, that's meters...just some meters. Err, they couldn't have come face-to-face. That's eh... Yeah, it's not a short, not a really...not like you and me.

    Aan'allein

    ...he didn't see the ageless faces...

    Robert Jordan

    ... [nothing really, he was done signing then, but no contradiction either]

    Aan'allein

    The general idea I now have is that it was something like 10, maybe 20 meters between them. Not the 100+ meters I'd kinda expected.

    All in all it was a pretty short session, but well worth it, even with all the added travel time.

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  • 26

    Interview: Dec 9th, 2002

    Question

    Was Erian Boroleos meant to disappear during the battle at Shadar Logoth or was that a mistake?

    Robert Jordan

    Erian Boroleos was not meant to disappear. In my notes, she is placed guarding those with Cadsuane who cannot channel and not too pleased about it (there are reasons why she was chosen out for this, which I won't go into here), and there is even a note (under CHECKS AND CORRECTIONS, a category I use to make sure that I haven't blinked at the wrong time) to make sure of mentioning her in passing. It didn't happen, for which, mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa. I was so certain that I had done it, that I didn't find out I hadn't until the paperback came out, but a correction will be made.

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    Interview: Dec 9th, 2002

    Question

    In Winter's Heart, Min doesn't recognize Birgitte, but they were in Salidar at the same time. What is the story there?

    Robert Jordan

    No story at all. In Salidar, Min knew Birgitte as a adventurer, you might say, but not until Caemlyn did she realize that Birgitte was, in fact, BIRGITTE BY GOD SILVERBOW!

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  • 28

    Interview: Apr 6th, 2001

    TheKro

    Question: Who are the two people Slayer kills in Winter's Heart?

    Robert Jordan

    The two people Slayer kills are simply a couple who had the misfortune to rent a room that somebody thought was still occupied by Rand and Min.

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  • 29

    Interview: Nov 6th, 1998

    Therese Littleton

    Are you going to take a break before starting the next book?

    Robert Jordan

    Well, when I finish this tour, I will go home and have Thanksgiving, and then I'll start writing the next book. So I'll take a short break, then start on it.

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  • 30

    Interview: Mar 17th, 2008

    Brandon Sanderson

    Now, a response to WoT Book Nine. As fans, we waited a long time for this book: The book where saidin was to be cleansed. True, we've waited longer for the final book in the series, but I remember this one providing a very nice sense that the series WAS indeed moving. The cleansing of the One Power really did deserve its own book, and the battle at the end was a nice focal climax, tying together several different characters and plot lines into a single awesome event.

    I often wondered, when reading the early books as a youth, if saidin WOULD get cleansed. I worried that the end of the series would come and the taint would still be in force, leaving the Asha'man to deal with being hunted and gentled. As both a reader and a writer I found it immensely fulfilling to get this book, as I knew this event would change the series drastically. That's exciting because of the possibilities it opens up—possibilities for conflict and storytelling. How will the Aes Sedai, and the world, react to the realty that men channeling is no longer a terrible thing? I think the fact that we didn't get to see this reaction in Book Ten (as hoped) lead to a lot of the disgruntlement people felt with that particular volume.

    However, we're here to talk about Book Nine. Reading it as an author and the one who is going to help complete this series, I see things differently now. I love how the events of cleansing the male half of the power drive this book. By having Rand announce up front what he intends to do, Mr. Jordan creates an expectation and a kind of narrative 'time bomb' for the readers. Will it happen? Won't it happen? This is very different from what authors normally do—my first instinct, for instance, would have been to keep Rand's plan a secret for a large chunk of the book, then have a dramatic reveal.

    Yet, that would have had a much different effect, narratively, and I like how Mr. Jordan did it here. The plotting method I mentioned above would work for the first or second book of a series, but for book nine, I see the initial declaration as a move of honesty on Mr. Jordan's part. In a way, it's saying this: "Look, I know you've followed this series for a long, long time. I'm here to promise you that something incredible is going to happen here in this book." The joy for us as readers turns from trying to guess the plot to instead anticipation of what we hope will come at the end. Instead of "What will Rand do?" (A mystery plot) we get a "Will he succeed?" (an action adventure plot.) That made this book immensely satisfying, and allowed him to use Rand's plans as a focus for the entire book.

    The other item I'd like to note here is that we get Mat back, which is very nice. As I've often said in these reaction pieces, I feel that this series is much larger than just one character—even Rand. The pleasure of the books lies in watching the interweaving and growth of the various participants. That said, Mat is a nice counter-balancing force for the stories, and he adds a lot to them. An edge of humor, a feeling of a guy who is still—somehow—an underdog rather than a powerful political or militaristic force unto himself. The three male leads work very well together, and when we have a book with all three of them, I think it helps the pacing and flow a lot. Perrin can be deliberate and thoughtful, Mat spontaneous and glib, and Rand almost more of a force of nature than a person.

    Anyway, I finished off New Spring today and will begin Book Eleven this evening.

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  • 31

    Interview: Apr, 2001

    Gerhard Hormann

    Are there ever moment where you don’t think of The Story?

    Robert Jordan

    Not really. In the evening, before going to bed, I need to read something totally different to get into a different frame of mind. Otherwise, I’ll be awakes all night, with the story going through my head.

    Gerhard Hormann

    Do you have to work on it constantly to keep track of the storyline?

    Robert Jordan

    No, it’s more the case that I’m never quite satisfied with what I’ve written. I always think: this part could be a bit better of that part needs to change. When I continue with the rest of the story, I’m always busy rewriting previous chapters. The most extreme example of that, is the prologue of Winter's Heart. Eventually, I wrote 97(!) different versions of it. And I don’t mean changing a few small words. That was an extreme example. I normally write no more than eight to ten completely revised versions.

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  • 32

    Interview: Apr, 2001

    Gerhard Hormann

    Are there people that save all the single volumes to be able to read all of them in a row?

    Robert Jordan

    Incidentally, I have indeed spoken to people that do that! I really can’t understand that. The there are also people who, whenever a new book comes out, first re-read all the previous volumes before starting the new book. Every time. There are people who have read the entire series eight or nine times. I always ask: don’t you have anything else to do? In that regard, the series has had a bigger impact than I could have ever guessed.

    Gerhard Hormann

    That’s almost scary...

    Robert Jordan

    Scarier stuff happens. There is—or was—a website that compared my book to the Bible and the Koran. As if they are in any way comparable. It was madness. The Wheel of Time series is a story of fiction, not some kind of religious text. I am a storyteller, not a Messiah or guru.

    Gerhard Hormann

    That last bit may be true, because you hardly honor Sunday as a day of rest! I read somewhere that you literally work on your books seven days a week.

    Robert Jordan

    I usually do, yes. In principle, I work eight hours a day. That does not include just the actually typing, but also the thinking I do while staring at the computer screen, or take a stroll for inspiration. The last six months I have imposed a murderous workload on myself, of fourteen hours a day for seven days a week. I had to, because of the deadline for Winter’s Heart. It took more effort than usual to determine exactly which events had to happen in this book and what I wanted to keep for later.

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  • 33

    Interview: Aug 31st, 2011

    Reddit AMA 2011 (Verbatim)

    Ted Herman ()

    Did the Dark One try to resist when Rand cleansed saidin?

    Brandon Sanderson

    His resistance was primarily through the people he sent.

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  • 34

    Interview: Apr 8th, 2001

    Sydo Zandstra

    In one or two threads I have been wondering for a while why Erian Boroleos (Green) wasn't assigned to one of the circles that were defending Rand while he and Nynaeve were cleansing saidin. (See Pam's Winter's Heart notes for the details; IIRC it has been placed under the header 'possible screw-ups') So I asked RJ when I had the chance:

    Me: "Could you tell me if Erian was present in the battle near Shadar Logoth, when Rand was cleansing saidin?"

    Robert Jordan

    [looking up] Who?

    SYDO ZANDSTRA

    Erian, one of the captured Green sisters who swore fealty to Rand. Did she take part in the battle, or was she somewhere else?

    ROBERT JORDAN

    Oh. Yes, she was there. RAFO.

    SYDO ZANDSTRA

    This could either mean that Erian did something special that we don't know about, or that RJ forgot about her while writing the last chapters. On the other hand, possibly RJ thought I meant Elsa (who was definitely there). Perhaps Erian wasn't there but went to Tear with Alanna instead. I guess we'll find out in a year or so...

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  • 35

    Interview: 2001

    Thus Spake the Creator (Paraphrased)

    Question (Timing of events in the series)

    [Regarding the flow of time in books]

    Robert Jordan

    Books 1 through 9 cover (very roughly) about four years [made a point of roughly, as I doubt even he could whip out a precise answer on the spot] Most of the books overlap with each other. Some of the events in early Winter's Heart, for example, overlap with late The Path of Daggers.

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  • 36

    Interview: Dec 5th, 2000

    Robert Jordan

    Another question followed about the number of books. Same answer.

    He said that he writes about 8 hours a day 6 days a week when he is not on tour. He said something about when he was fishing, unless he was fly-fishing or was on the boat really having to work at it, he felt like he should be home writing.

    He then answered a question about living in Charleston; about how it was his favorite place to live out of the half dozen or so cities he felt that he would like to live in.

    He said that for this book it took two months from the time he handed in the final manuscript until he went on tour.

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  • 37

    Interview: Dec 5th, 2000

    Br00se

    The signing was finished by the point with only a few people wandering in late to get some signed. He signed some store stock copies, and chatted a little bit more.

    Robert Jordan

    He told a few more stories from other signings. He explained that there was overlapping periods from the last two books and would be for the next one as well. When he said something about the next two signing dates in Columbia, SC and in Charleston, SC, I told him that the Tor website didn't have them listed. He seemed a little concerned about that. He told the story about getting his hat in Montana. And about how the current one was a replacement for one that walked away from for a signing.

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  • 38

    Interview: Nov 2nd, 2010

    Aidan Moher

    One of the perks associated with finishing The Wheel of Time is that you've read all of Robert Jordan's notes. Now that you know all the secrets (including stuff that won't even appear in the novels), how has your appreciation for the series changed?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It's been an interesting experience. So far as I know, I'm the only person in the world to have ever read through—beginning to end—the Wheel of Time, starting with Book One and continuing through until I reached the final scenes Robert Jordan wrote before he passed away. (Maria might have done it, but I don't think so—she pretty much has the books memorized by now, and seems to spot-read more than she reads straight through.)

    This is an experience others will start having in the coming years, and perhaps they'll agree with me that it DOES change the series. First off, you gain a better appreciation for Robert Jordan's ability to foreshadow. Second, the slow parts don't seem so slow any longer, particularly as you see books seven through fourteen as being one large novel.

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    Interview: Apr 20th, 2013

    Terez

    Who gave Slayer the orders to kill Rand in Far Madding? And do you know who sent him to the Two Rivers?

    Maria Simons

    I think I know who sent Slayer to Far Madding.

    Terez

    I always thought it was Taim...

    Maria Simons

    Yeah...

    Terez

    Because why else would he disguise himself?

    Maria Simons

    Yeah. That one I know.

    Terez

    Yay!

    Maria Simons

    Yay!

    Footnote

    At this time the no-kill order had been temporarily lifted in an attempt to prevent the Cleansing, so there was no reason for the Forsaken to order Slayer in secrecy.

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  • 40

    Interview: Apr 20th, 2013

    Terez

    In Winter's Heart, Aran'gar says that Demandred was meant to be watching Rand, along with Aginor/Osan'gar, and how was he doing this if he was in Shara? I figured he was just doing the normal spying thing, but it seems like it was supposed to be a clue about where he was, which is why we always focused on it, but it wasn't.

    Maria Simons

    Yeah, he was using other people.

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